Arabic Language and Cultures - program overview

Depending on your year of enrolment, the requirements for completing the major in Arabic Language and Cultures may be different. Select from the options below to see the requirements relevant to you.

For more in-depth information on the Arabic Language and Cultures subject area, including tables and descriptions of the units of study available in this area, for current year enrolments go to

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook - Arabic Language and Cultures.


I started my degree before 2015

If you started your degree before Semester 1, 2015, you had a choice of 2 different majors: an Arabic language major (ARBC) and an Arab World, Islam, and the Middle East major (ARIS). Each of these majors required a minimum of 36 credit points at senior level, all of which being a combination of ARBC and ARIS units to allow more focus on either area of studies.

For the ARBC major: 24 credit points of senior ARBC language units, plus 12 senior units of ARIS.

  • For the senior ARBC language units, and depending on your language background and proficiency, you can choose from ARBC2613, ARBC2614, ARBC3616, ARBC3636, ARBC3638, ARBC3639.
  • For the senior ARIS units, you will need to choose from the list of ARBC culture units taught in English in the Department (all ARIS classes are discontinued as of semester 1, 2015). You can select any class from the following list: ARBC2671, ARBC2672, ARBC2680; ARBC 2681; ARBC 2691. Check with the department which one of these is on offer each semester.

For the ARIS major: 24 credit points of senior ARIS units, plus 12 credit points of senior language units.

  • For the senior ARIS units, you will choose from the list of ARBC culture units taught in English in the Department (all ARIS classes are discontinued as of semester 1, 2015). You can select from the following list: ARBC2671, ARBC2672, ARBC2680; ARBC 2681; ARBC 2691. Check with the department which one of these is on offer each semester.
  • For the senior ARBC language units, and depending on your language background and proficiency, you can choose from ARBC2613, ARBC2614, ARBC3616, ARBC3636, ARBC3638, ARBC3639.

I am starting my degree in 2015

Beginning in semester 1, 2015, a major in Arabic Language and Cultures requires at least 36 senior credit points, including at least 18 from culture units of study (taught in English) and 18 from language units of study (taught in Arabic). At least 6 credit points of Arabic language units must be taken at 3000 level.

We strongly encourage students to enhance their expertise in Arabic language and cultures through a range of electives offered in the Department and elsewhere, as well as through intensive summer and winter classes and in-country study opportunities.


For previous year enrolments: Handbook archive.

Unit of Study prerequisites are also reviewed from time to time. The prerequisites listed for units in your year of enrolment are valid for the duration of your candidature.